Higher Education and the Public Good
The 2015 HEGRC Conference, December 9-11, will address strategies and tactics that will support effectively conveying to stakeholders the collective economic and social good generated by public colleges and universities. For more information visit www.aascu.org/meetings/HEGRC15

AASCU-Penson Center Resources
The AASCU-Penson Center for Professional Development offers a variety of suggested readings on its website and a series of new articles have been recently added. Check them out at aascupenson.org

AASCU Statement on Arne Duncan Retirement
Go here to read AASCU statement on the resignation of U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.



Southeast Missouri State University

  • Students in Southeast Missouri State University’s Department of Agriculture recently designed a portable misting system to provide late gestation cows at the David M. Barton Agriculture Research Center relief from the summer heat. Read more
  • A soil electronic sensor system was installed last week in the agriculture experiential learning field at Southeast Missouri State University-Sikeston. The system monitors on an hourly basis the soil temperature and moisture content, along with the air temperature and rain levels, and makes that data available online, accessible from a cell phone app or computer. Read more

University of Central Florida

  • More than 1,000 UCF Knights recently participated in UCF’s largest annual volunteer event, Knights Give Back, to help 30 Central Florida organizations that focus on hunger, homelessness, education, animal awareness, the environment and other causes. Read more
  • Two UCF professors are involved in two spacecraft missions NASA is considering that could take flight as early as 2020. Physics Professor Dan Britt is co-investigator of the Lucy project, which would perform the first reconnaissance mission of the Jupiter Trojan asteroids. Harold Levison of the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colo., is the principal investigator. Yan Fernandez, an associate professor of physics who specializes in comets, is a co-investigator of the other project: the Near Earth Object Camera (NEOCam). Read more



Grants and Gifts

Angelo State University (Texas)
Kirk Braden, Loree Branham and Joel (Dusty) Sugg of the Angelo State University agriculture faculty have been awarded a three-year, $41,649 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to implement dual-credit course offerings in the ASU Agriculture Department. Read more

Appalachian State University (N.C.)
A four-year, $1,165,039 grant from the National Science Foundation awarded to Appalachian State University will help address the shortage of math and science teachers in rural schools. The grant will provide scholarships for mathematics and science majors who agree to teach in rural, high-need schools, provide a stipend for mentors who will work with the students and provide field experiences for them, and develop materials and educational experiences for the prospective teachers geared toward successful teaching in a rural environment, among other activities. Read more

California State University, Northridge
California State University, Northridge biology professor Rachel Mackelprang and her collaborators at the United States Geological Survey were awarded a three-year $1.3 million NASA grant to study the connection between frozen soil and the possibility of life on frozen galactic planets and comets. Read more

CSU Channel Islands
The more than $2.6 million grant CSU Channel Islands (CI) just received from the U.S. Department of Education will enable the university to start a program called Project OLAS (Optimizing Learning, Achievement and Success), an initiative designed to help students navigate the first two years of college. Read more

Georgia College
Georgia College faculty members Caroline Collier and Angela Criscoe recently secured $63,000 in external funding from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The award will support the project entitled “Online, On Time: Fighting Economic Downturn in Central Georgia”. Read more

Governors State University (Ill.)

  • Zo Ramamonjiarivelo, an assistant professor in Governors State University’s College of Health and Human Services, was awarded a grant of $83,451 from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ R03). The 12-month grant will be used for her project: The Impact of Public Hospitals' Privatization on Nurse Staffing. Read more
  • DeLawnia Comer-HaGans, an assistant professor in Governors State University’s College of Health and Human Services was awarded a grant of $100,000 through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), the nation’s leading philanthropy on health and health care. The grant will allow Comer-HaGans to investigate the health of individuals with disabilities and who also have diabetes. Read more

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

  • Lara Luetkehans, dean of the College of Education and Educational Technology, and Michele Petrucci, director of the American Language Institute and Office of International Education at Indiana University of Pennsylvania received funding from the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs/International Research and Exchange Board in the amount of $185,000 for their project “International Leaders in Education Host University.” Read more
  • Louis Pesci, Jill Oblak, and Jeff Grimm from Indiana University of Pennsylvania's Institute for Rural Health and Safety, received an award of $100,000 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services/Health Resources and Services Administration for their project, “Indiana County PA Rural Opioid Overdose Reversal Program.” Read more

Lehman College (N.Y.)
The U.S. Department of Education has awarded a $12.6 million, seven-year grant, to the Bronx Institute at Lehman College, for GEAR UP, (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) a program designed to help low-income and minority students dramatically improve their high school graduation and college acceptance rates. Read more

Millersville University of Pennsylvania
This summer a special presentation was held in the Biemesderfer Center, where Susquehanna Bancshares presented Millersville University with a major gift of $30,000 to support the Lancaster Partnership Program (LPP), now in its 26th year. Read more

Northern Kentucky University
Northern Kentucky University has received an $8 million gift from St. Elizabeth Healthcare to support its new Health Innovation Center. The $8 million investment will support the St. Elizabeth Healthcare Simulation Center, a two-story comprehensive virtual care environment with simulation space, clinical skills suites, nursing skills suites, imaging suites, and classroom and collaborative spaces. Read more

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi has received more than $1 million, in the form of a Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grant, to boost the already unique and nationally-recognized eLine Military Program that fast-tracks nursing degrees for veterans with prior medical experience. Read more

Troy University (Ala.)
Troy University’s Student Support Services Project will receive more than $4 million from U.S. Dept. of Education over the next five years to provide services to University students who are selected to be a part of the SSS program. Read more

University of Houston-Victoria

  • Four University of Houston-Victoria students will be able to take part in advanced robotics and virtual reality research after the university recently received a second grant from the U.S. Department of Defense. The first grant was awarded in January and gave UHV $191,000 to purchase three robots and other pieces of equipment for the research. Now a second grant for $412,000 will help pay four student research assistants for three years. Read more
  • The UHV School of Education, Health Professions & Human Development recently received confirmation that a grant of $1,103,833 will be awarded by the U.S. Department of Education for the school’s Master of Education in special education with an emphasis in autism. Read more

West Chester University (Pa.)

  • Elizabeth Grillo is working on a novel way for student teachers to safeguard their voices. She’s planning to incorporate a smart phone app into the telehealth equation, using technology to measure voices daily and to deliver speech-language pathology services at a distance. She has secured a National Institutes of Health grant in the amount of $410,260 to support her research.
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  • West Chester University is one of only 47 institutions nationwide – and the only Philadelphia-area site – that received a grant this year from Pragda Spanish Film Club, also supported by SPAIN Arts and Culture and the Secretary of State for Culture of Spain, to host a film festival in conjunction with Hispanic Heritage Month. Read more

Western Washington University
Northwest Indian College (NWIC) and Western Washington University have been awarded a five-year, $1.65 million grant from the National Science Foundation designed to boost the number of Native American students making the transition to graduate school in the geosciences and provide a more direct bridge between NWIC and Western’s Huxley College of the Environment. Read more



Awards and Honors

Angelo State University (Texas)

  • Chris Ellery, a professor of English in Angelo State University’s Department of English and Modern Languages, has won first prize in the eighth biennial X.J. Kennedy Award for Creative Nonfiction administered by Rosebud Magazine. Read more
  • Angelo State University’s Air Force ROTC Detachment 847 has been named the 2015 High Flight winner as the top medium-sized detachment in the Southwest Region for the fifth time in the past nine years. Read more

Frostburg State University (Md.)
FSU’s Gira Center for Communications and Information Technology has been awarded LEED Gold certification in recognition of its ecologically friendly, sustainable design and construction. Read more

Henderson State University (Ark.)

  • Wanda Harris, education specialist and counselor for Student Support Services at Henderson State, has been selected by Teen Promise Inc. as a "Life Toucher." The award honors Harris' commitment to service in the community by making a positive difference in the lives of others. Read more
  • David Warren, associate professor of art at Henderson State, was awarded Best of Show at the 2015 Irene Rosenzweig Biennial Juried Exhibition in Pine Pine Bluff for his linocut entitled Voyage. Read more

Lehman College (N.Y.)

  • Miguel Perez, the former chair of the Journalism, Communications, and Theater Department at Lehman College, was recently inducted into the Hall of Fame of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. The Hall of Fame honors journalists “whose efforts resulted in a greater number of Latinos entering the journalism profession or have helped to improve news coverage of the nation’s Latino community.” Read more
  • Lehman College’s SEEK program was among the five finalists for the nationally prestigious ¡Excelencia! in Education’s 2015 Examples of Excelencia Award, which recognizes programs dedicated to Latino success in higher education. Read more

Western Washington University
Western Washington University was announced as a winner of the 2015 Active Minds Healthy Campus Award, which recognizes the University as one of the healthiest campuses in the nation. The Active Minds Healthy Campus Award celebrates U.S. colleges and universities that are prioritizing health and demonstrating innovation and excellence in promoting student well-being. Read more




Frostburg State University (Md.)
FSU will share its best practices in building student leaders with other institutions as a Lead Consulting Institution for NASPA’s National Initiative on Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement after two years as a participant institution. Read more

Georgia College
Two Georgia College students, Jack Bryan and Natalie Eldredge, are cutting their teeth in Washington, D.C. through the GC in DC program this fall. The program places students in a variety of internships including in the House of Representatives, Senate, White House and the Council of Foreign Relations. Read more

Henderson State University (Ark.)
A book by Haroon A. Khan, professor of political science and public administration at Henderson State University, The Idea of Good Governance and the Politics of the Global South investigates the relationship between good governance and failed states, globalization, bureaucraticeffectiveness, and human development. Read more

Lehman College (N.Y.)

  • The team of researchers who announced the discovery of a new human species - Homo naledi - includes William Harcourt-Smith, a professor in the college’s anthropology department. Harcourt-Smith led the team that researched the new species’ feet, which he told The New York Times, were “virtually indistinguishable from those of modern humans.” Read more
  • Matthew O’Dowd, an assistant professor in the College’s Physics and Astronomy department, is the new host of Space Time, the PBS digital web series that explores the universe with episodes about black holes, the possibility of alien existence, and the advantages of colonizing Venus instead of Mars. Read more

Millersville University of Pennsylvania

  • Abdelhadi Halawa, Wellness and Sport Sciences, completed his visiting professorship at the Center for Yellow River Civilization and Sustainable Development, a research center at Henan University, Henan Province, China. From mid-May to mid-August, 2015, Halawa who was selected by the Chinese Ministry of Education as a National High-End Foreign Expert and Lead Researcher at the Center, led a team of two faculty researchers and four graduate-level student co-researchers to conduct a study on the traditional dietary habits, food consumption, and related health practices of the Chinese Hui Nationality living alongside the Yellow River Basin in central China. Read more
  • Duane Hagelgans, professor of earth sciences, recently opened the New Mexico Emergency Management Conference. Hagelgans gave the plenary speech to the 400+ attendees on the opening day of the state conference, “Planning for the unexpected: A Black Swan Event.” Read more

Stockton University (N.J.)
Stockton University students, the Board of Trustees and the administration created a new program starting this fall to help students whose financial challenges were affecting their dinner plates. About 20 percent of the student body at the Galloway, NJ university had responded to a survey by the Student Senate, with 70 percent of those surveyed saying they often or sometimes couldn’t afford to eat balanced meals. Read more

University of Arkansas - Fort Smith
UAFS student Robert Lopez received the Bronze Star Medal with combat distinguishing device on Sept. 29. The commendation noted that Lopez upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States. Read more

University of Central Florida
The University of Central Florida produces more graduates who get jobs in aerospace and defense companies than any other university in the nation, according to an annual workforce survey conducted by the industry publication Aviation Week. UCF’s engineering program has been recognized nationally for its notable strengths in optics, simulation, aerodynamics, aero-structures, space aviation, advanced turbomachinery, systems and controls, unmanned aerial vehicles and advanced manufacturing. Read more

Winthrop University (N.C.)
A post-traditional Winthrop University student who Human Nutrition Chair Wanda Koszewski calls a “role model for all students” has won a prestigious national scholarship. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation congratulated graduate student David Stoner with its Commission on Dietetic Registration Diversity Scholarship. Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Karen Kedrowski and Koszewski presented Stoner with the $5,000 check on Sept. 16. Read more